After staying at a variety of hotels in the Phoenix area, my husband and I decided to give The Clarendon a try. The price is right in comparison to many of the large hotel chains found in downton Phoenix and it seemed unique. I found the front desk staff very helpful and friendly. We're from the south, so we like friendly! There is plenty of parking just beside the hotel and it is free! The rooms were exactly as expected with a cool, retro vibe. They were clean and had plenty of extras - great wireless internet access, a small refrige, 4 complimentary bottles of water daily, a Keurig coffemaker. We booked a standard hotel room, but upon arrival decided to upgrade to a room that included a small sitting area with a couch and chair. This was a good move and we enjoyed the extra space. We ate dinner at Gallo Blanco on Saturday night and it was amazing! My husband said that it was the best Carne Asada Burrito he'd ever had...and it was HUGE! We had a variety of tacos (Pork belly was the speciail of the night) and also tried the guacamole/chips appetizer along with a very unique appetizer called Elote Callejero - this was AWESOME! We found the food and the drinks to be excellent and would easily eat there again. We also spent several hours at the pool. It is a very pretty and colorful area with restaurant/bar service if you so desire. (It is not on the roof as the picture on line seems to infer.) I learned during my time at the pool that The Clarendon allows non-hotel guests to use the pool for $5. This may be the reason why the pool area was very crowded and chairs were in short supply. It may not be the best environment for relaxation or kids, but it was fine for us and we appreciated the cool water after a very hot day. My only other experience at The Clarendon was at the 'fitness center'. If you are really into working out and expect to have a typical hotel workout experience, this will be a disappointment for you. Given the beautiful work done to the hotel and the interest in unique, boutique hotels, this is an area of opportunity for The Clarendon. The fitness room consists of 4 very old and very tired machines, 2 of which were unusable during our stay. This is an easy fix and one that would boost the experience. Fortunately, the morning was beautiful and we decided to walk instead. One final note for sports fans, the TVs in the rooms apparently do not carry any sports so we missed a couple of NBA finals games and the Preakness. I think the TV in the bar did have the game on, so it was available just no in the room. Overall, our experience was delightful and a good value for the price. It is certainly a little gem in the city and I would recommennd that you try it at least once!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Clarendon Hotel and Spa is located in the heart of Phoenix, close to the convention center, museums, parks, shopping, theaters, sports venues and concert halls. Walking distance to two Metro rail stations - $4 for a 24 hour pass, the system runs 24 hours (except 1am to 4am Monday through Thursday) and provides direct access to the Phoenix Sky Harbor airport SkyTrain. Full service spa on site. El Techo, our gorgeous rooftop SkyDeck overlooking the city skyline and surrounding mountain ranges, and the Oasis pool area with heated pool and jacuzzi and the world's largest outdoor water wall. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Clarendon Hotel Phoenix
- The Clarendon Hotel And Spa Phoenix, Arizona